At Central Synagogue

Central Exhibits Panel of the AIDS Memorial Quilt

Posted June 17, 2019


In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt. Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members. This is the story of how the Quilt began…

Stop by Lese Lobby June 18 - 30 to view this installation, and while you’re in the neighborhood, visit the other quilt panels also being displayed throughout Midtown East.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Aids Memorial Quilt »